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Richard Marsh Butler papers

Identifier: MSS 8849

Scope and Contents

Consists of Richard Marsh Butler's personal scrapbook (including military papers, foreign cartoons and maps, photographs, letters, notes and other small personal memorabilia, a patriarchal blessing, a lock of hair, cloth swatches, pieces of Nazi stationary, postcards, foreign currency, etc.); POW items (clippings, letters, ID cards, etc.); family history papers (a historical guardianship transfer document, Butler's flight log and war diary; assorted ephemera, including U.S. and foreign newspapers and magazines, wartime maps, and other memorabilia; and various items of clothing, including trousers, a cap, and overcoat. Materials are dated 1888 to 1997 (bulk dates 1933-1953).


  • approximately 1888-1997
  • Majority of material found within approximately 1933-1953


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research; except for restricted items in folder 6 of Box 4 -- contains sensitive identification information.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Richard Marsh Butler was born August 10, 1919 in Garland, Utah, the seventh of nine children of Heber Close Butler and Rose Zipporah Marsh. He graduated from Bear River High School. Richard married Geneil Miller in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 4, 1942. He served in World War II as a pilot on the U.S. Air Force. In August 1943, he was captured after his plane went down over Naples, Italy, and spent at least 18 months in Italian and German prison camps. He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as a group leader in Chatoreau, France, a stake missionary in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the Riverside California Stake, bishopric member (Riverside Ward), stake clerk, high councilman, stake executive secretary, and patriarch. He died in the Riverside Community Hospital on December 15, 1984, at the age of 65.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

1 ledger box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 item (1.3 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (2.3 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The materials were donated to Special Collections by Richard Butler, a son of Richard M. Butler, from 2016 to 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Butler; June 2016

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Butler; May 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Butler; 2018.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history, specifically LDS veterans' history and LDS family history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana Manuscripts, II.B.5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Crandall; November 2016.

Processing Information

Processed; Meghan Hoesch; 2019.

  • Food items used in the war, including a Hershey bar, Nescafe, yeast, SPAM, and Clim. Also includes a bar of Ivory soap.
Register of Richard Marsh Butler papers
In Progress
Amanda Crandall
2016 November 8
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States